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representative each of the Departments of Agricul-
ture, and Natural Resources, designated respective-
ly by the Secretaries of those departments; a
representative of the Tidewater Administration,
designated by the Secretary of Natural Resources;
and a representative of the University of Maryland
College of Agriculture, designated by the Chancel-
lor of the University of Maryland System. The
Secretaries of Economic and Employment
Development, the Environment, and Health and
Mental Hygiene each designate a nonvoting mem-
ber to represent their respective departments (Code
Agriculture Article, sees. 10-1301,10-1302).


Douglas H. Wilson, Director

50 Harry S Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401 841-5881

Under the Office of the Secretary, the Office of
Administrative Services oversees fiscal, personnel,
data processing, and central services for the Depart-


Archibald B. Park, D.V.M., Assistant Secretary

50 Harry S Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401 841-5782

The Assistant Secretary for Animal Health and
Consumer Services directs two sections: Animal
Health, and Weights and Measures. Also within the
Office are the State Board of Veterinary Medical
Examiners and the Board of Inspection of Horse
Riding Stables. The Office furnishes administrative
support to the Wholesome Meat Advisory Council.

Vacancy, Chairperson

Appointed by Governor: Donald C. Essich; Franklin
E. Feeser; Kirk Gifford; Wendy Ginsburg; Alvin S.
Manger; Archibald B. Park, D.V.M.; David L.
Resh, Jr.; William L. Ruppersberger; Vernon L.
Treuth, Jr.; William Wagner; Robert M. Williar.
Terms expire 1989.


The Wholesome Meat Advisory Council was
established pursuant to the Maryland Wholesome
MeatAct(Chapcer618, Acts of 1968). The Council
advises the Secretary on rules and regulations relat-
ing to meat inspection and the establishment of
protective standards.

Department of Agriculture/195

Council members are appointed by the Gover-
nor from representatives of the Department of
Health and Mental Hygiene, the Baltimore City
Health Department, the Maryland Farm Bureau,
the Maryland Agricultural Commission, die Con-
sumer Protection Division of die Office of the At-
torney General, the Maryland Frozen Food Locker
Association, Inc., and the slaughtering and process-
ing industry The Secretary of Agriculture desig-
nates an ex oflicio member (Code Agriculture
Article, sec. 4-105).

Henry A. Virts, D.V.M., State Veterinarian

Duties of the Animal Health Section originated
in 1884 when the position of veterinary inspector
was first created to suppress disease in livestock and
prevent epidemics (Chapter 157, Aces of 1884).
Today, the Section works to control and eradicate
livestock and poultry diseases that have a significant
economic impact on producers or pose a threat to
human health due to their transmissibilicy from
animals to people (Code Agriculture Article, sees.
3-101 through 3-503).

Lacy H. DeGrange, Chief

The first Maryland law to regulate measures was
enacted in 1641 (Chapter 2, Acts of 1641). At that
time, the county sheriff was entrusted with the
responsibility. The Weights and Measures Section
continues to maintain and safeguard the State's
primary standards as well as secondary standards
and equipment for the enforcement of Maryland's
Weights and Measures Law. The Section's Metrol-
ogy Laboratory provides a wide variety of highly
sophisticated measurements and calibrations in
mass, volume, length, and thremometry.
The Section supervises the use and production
of weighing and measuring devices, weights and
measures, and packaged commodities offered for
sale, sold, or in use in the State. This supervision
extends to the methodology used to obtain ac-
curate measurement and provides a means for value
comparisons for consumers.

The Section licenses and tests personnel who
determine butterfat content for dairies and milk
cooperatives and personnel who calibrate farm milk
tanks. It administers and enforces State laws for
ensuring accuracy, equity, and die prevention of
fraud in the sale and measurement of quantities,
commodities, goods, or services (Code Agriculture
Article, sees. 11-101 through 11-509).


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